Monday, 30 May 2011

Necklace for a friend

I made this necklace for a friend's birthday.  She left a comment saying how much she liked an earlier necklace I had made so I designed this one especially for her.  I always think of her swanning around in a fur-trimmed neglege, dripping in pearls as in an earlier life I'm sure she was a demimondaine, LOL.  So to this necklace I added a little Arc de Triomphe as Paris is her spiritual home, a tiny mirror so she can check her appearance at regular intervals, a bunch of keys for all her secret boxes, a coin for her to spend and a heart as she so kind-hearted.  Then, of course, I added a few pearls to finish it off.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Dream Valley Challenge 8 - Stamp Something

It's time for a new challenge over at Dream Valley and this week our challenge is for you to Stamp something.  That's it!  No digital images allowed.  Anything you make must have some sort of hand stamping on it.  We are also having a DT call so pop on over if you are interested - you'll find the details here
We have two fabulous sponsors this week; Papermaze,  who are offering a £10 voucher for their shop, and Funky Kits who are offering a stamp of your choice.

For my card I used the fabulous Pin Up from Delarte Glamour Girls, stamping her in Versafine Vintage Sepia and adding a bit of colour to her dress with a pencil (Derwent Studio Pencils), then matted and layered the image onto some brown and white  card, adding lace to the bottom.  The sentiment is from the same set and I made a little place for writing a message.  The bg paper is from the PaperMania Exquisite pad with added  stamped roses from Laurence Llewellyn Bowen's Retro Rose collection in Stampin' Up Cake Crumb.  To finish off I added some tiny bows (tied with my Bow Maker) and some flowers.
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Sweet Stampin - Ooh La La
Stamping with Dragon - It's an Easel
Crafty Purple Frog - Things of beauty
Paper Play - Blossoms and blooms
Papertake Weekly - Pale, Pretty Pastels

Saturday, 28 May 2011

What's Growing Friday

Over on Trisha's blog she has started What's Growing Friday.  I'm not sure if this is going to be a regular thing or a one-off.  All you have to do is post what is growing in your yard (garden for us Brits) or art room, sewing room or kitchen.  Then use her new linky toy to link to her post.  Well, I had actually taken some pics of my garden as I've been inspired to get busy out there by my friend Mel who has started an allotment.  She is growing all sorts of things so along with my few flowers and my fruit trees I've got some veg on the go too.  So, here is what I've got in my garden (you can click on the pictures to make them larger):

The first picture is of my owl planter with violas in and my Mum's statue that I inherited.  The second is a picture of my tiered herb garden, I've just replanted the top tier so it's got some catching up to do.

I'm not brilliant at growing flowers but I seem to be OK with hardy geraniums and this fab peony (Bowl of Beauty) seems to be doing OK too.

These are my growbags and veg plot.  I've got tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, marrow and a pumpkin.  Some of the plants were grown from seed by a friend.  My DH made the frame for the tomatoes - I think he believes they may try to escape so he's made the frame really sturdy, lol.


These last two pics are from the front garden.  As I said I'm not brilliant with flowers and roses don't do too well unless they are climbers, which I seem to be really, really good at!  This is the only one in flower at the moment.  It has covered most of the side and front of the house and is called Albertine.  Then there is this little tub of pansies by the front door (maybe I should have weeded underneath before I took the pic but then weeds are another thing I'm good at growing).

These are my fruit trees.  I've got a crab apple (John Downie), two apple trees (Bramley and James Grieve), two pear trees (Comice and a new, tiny Concord) and a plum (Victoria).  The plum is not looking great as a visitor I had staying once decided it needed pruning and cut it in half so it's not got many branches left.  I've not given up on it yet as it's such a 'trier'.

Go check out Trisha's blog and see what other people have growing.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Wonderful Birthday

I'm off to Wales again in the morning to see DD so instead of doing my packing I decided to make a birthday card, lol!  The papers are from my lovely new stash from Basic Gray (hello lucious pad) and are actually a bit brighter irl (bad photographer again).  I stamped the little girl from Art Journey (stamp free with an issue of Craft Stamper ages ago) and added colour with felt pens.  I then made her a frame using teal card and more Basic Gray paper cutting it with my circle Nestabilities. I used foam squares to raise the frame off of the image.  At the side I added more teal card that I ran through my Cuttlebug using Tim Holtz Alternations Texture Fades folder - Retro Circles and then added a strip of the hello lucious paper on top of that.  Finally I stamped my sentiment (Hobby Art General Greetings) and matted it onto patterned paper, raising it with more foam squares.
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Our Creative Corner - Frame it (frame should be 3D raised)
Divas by Design - One for the girls
Claudia and Company - Birthday card for a girl
Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central - Birthday (Nesties and Tim Holtz Folders available from SSCC)

ATC Challenge 2 - On the beach

We had a brilliant number of entries to our very first challenge over at ATC Challenges and now for our second challenge Caro has chosen the theme of the Beach/Seaside.  Go check our the fab ATCs my teamies have made but meanwhile here is mine.


I decided to make a triptych ATC (that's an ATC in 3 parts, lol).  I stamped my scene onto watercolour paper using my fabby Hobby Art Coastal Scene-It stamps, then I watercoloured using Koh-i-noor paints and Whispers pens, then cut the scene into 3 and mounted it onto my blue ATC.  The 'Fun in the Sun' wording is stamped with a Studio G Alphabet set by Hampton Art.  I decided to leave the front cover uncoloured and I added a little gingham ribbon to hold my triptych together.
I'd like to enter my ATC into the following challenges:
Make it Colourful - A Water Scene
Totally Gorjuss - Water, water
Paper Romance - Anything but a card
Some Odd Girl - Make a Scene
Clear It Out - Colors (using colouring mediums - I used watercolour paints and marker pens)
Fun with ATCs - Triptych
Ladybug Crafts Ink - Is that Orange I can smell
Allsorts - Birthday celebration - photo inspiration

Thursday, 19 May 2011

A bit of Ooh la la!!

Today I got out my Paris plate from The Stampsmith.  I chose the dancing girl as she is such a star, and stamped her using Versafine Vintage Sepia onto cream card, then matted and layered onto brown card.  I cut another piece of cream card using Nestabilities Labels One, drew faux stitching around the edge in brown and then ran it through my Cuttlebug using the Birds and Swirls folder.  The background paper is from the Laura Ashley Traditional pad.  I added some flowers from my stash; the small one has a PaperMania pearl brad and behind the bottom corner flower I added some loops of ribbon and some flourishes that I cut with a QuicKutz die (Flourishes).
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:
The Stampsmith Challenge - Starring Role
Crafty Creations - May flowers (flower, patterned paper, ribbon)
Divas by Design - One for the Girls
Paper Pretties - Flowers
Claudia and Company - Birthday card for a girl
Papertake Weekly - Bloom and Grow (flowers)
Cupcake Inspirations - Inspirational photo
Creatalicious Challenges - Flourishes
Happileigh Scrapping - Stitching (faux)

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

You bug me!



This card is for my brother - it's not his birthday but I just thought I'd make him a card as he's been through a bit lately.  I used paper from PaperMania Secret Garden.   The flower stamps are from Hot off the Press (Botanical Blooms) stamped onto pale green card matted onto darker green card.  I made the sentiment on my computer (and I used word art to make it shaped - YAY go me, lol)  and printed and matted it onto the same colour card.  The bugs are from a great set by Lovin' Ink called Compo's Matchbox.  I stamped each one onto green card twice and embossed one set.  Then I coloured the embossed set with H2Os and a red Sakura gel pen.  I cut out the bodies and stuck them on top of the 2nd image, then cut round each insect very carefully so as not to cut off any legs or antennae and placed them on my card.  For the bookmark I used paper from the same set, stamped the bugs directly on top and then added the embossed and coloured bodies.
I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Cards for Men - For someone special (my brother is special and he's been through a bit lately!)
Cupcake Craft - In the garden
Woodware USA - Sketch
2 Sisters - How Does Your Garden Grow?
Daring Cardmakers - The Darling Bugs of May

For the doctor

My nephew plans to become a doctor so for his birthday I made him this little notebook to spur him on.  I'm sure he'll get there.  I used my Bind-It-All to make the notebook, giving it black covers.  Then I used a Digi image from and coloured it in with my good old Whispers pens.  I cut and matted it using Nestabilities Labels Two, printed 'Dr Simon' on my computer and added the two blue brads.
I'd like to enter my notebook in the following challenges:
House of Gilli - Black and White plus one other colour
Digi Design House - Anything but a card
Stamps R Us - Going Digi
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days - For the boys

Monday, 16 May 2011

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 46 - Embossing

This week at Crafty Cardmakers the theme is Embossing.  Now this can be heat embossing with your inks and embossing powders, or dry embossing either by hand or by machine.  We have a prize for one lucky winner of a £10 voucher to spend in Joanna Sheen's online shop.  Go check out the other cards made by the DT, they are fabulous.

For my card I decided to dig through my old supplies and use things I haven't played with for ages.  I started with this beautiful Poppy stamp from Crafty Individuals (CI 120) that I'm ashamed to say I have had for ages and not got round to inking up before!!!  I stamped it then embossed it with detailed black EP.  Then I coloured it using my lovely Starburst Stains that I've also had for ages.  I used Ponsettia Red Gold, Cathedral Pines Green and Winter Jasmine Gold.  I matted and layered the image onto green card and then cut a piece of gold card the same size and embossed it using one of the first folders I ever bought - D'vine swirls.  The bg paper was a bargain some time ago but I'm afraid there is no label on it and I added some textured gold card behind it.  The little gold coin was one of the first embellishments I bought.  Finally I added my lovely organza ribbon with a big double bow.
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Sweet Sketches - Sketch 101
Gingersnap Creations - Red and Gold (CG100)
The Stampman - Poppy Challenge
Aud Sentiments - No Sentiment
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes

Sunday, 15 May 2011

A Blue View

This is a birthday card for one of my nephews.  I used a Darkroom Door stamp (from Wilderness Vol 1) and stamped it in Versafine Majestic Blue.  I then matted and layered it onto 2 shades of blue card.  The bg papers are from Basic Gray (Boxer) and the ribbon dividing them is from my stash.  The little metal brad shaped like a postage stamp also came from my stash and I stamped the sentiment (Stampin Up) onto white card and then added a flourish (Basic Gray Insignia) in SU Marina Mist.  To finish off my card I cut the flourishes (Sizzix Decorative Flourishes) and stamped them with the same Insignia stamp and added a Basic Gray brad at the bottom corner.
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Unscripted Sketches - Sketch 106
Basic Gray - Mix and Match (BG papers, stamps, brad)
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty - Anything Goes
Stamp Something - Anything Goes
Crafty Purple Frog - Mono Moments
Pollycraft - Boyz to Men
Stamps R Us - For the men in our lives

Dream Valley Challenge 7 - Dig out the old to use with the new

Over at Dream Valley Challenges this week the theme is 'Dig out the old to use with the new'.  What we want to see is something NEW from your stash along with something OLD.  Simple!!  We are sponsored again this week by Digi's With Attitude who are offering a $10 Canadian dollar voucher to spend in their shop.  Go check out the other DTs creations, but in the meantime here's mine.

I've used Gardener Tween from Digi's With Attitude which you can find here.  She is part of my NEW stash.  I have also used a new method to colour her - Promarkers!  I don't actually own any of these but I have a very good friend who let me have a play with hers when I went round to play.  Everything else I've used is from my OLD stash.  The papers are DCWV Pocket Full of Posies (practically ancient), the sentiment is from Hampton Arts, the ribbon, flowers and button are from my stash.  And of course I've used my oldest Nestabilities (rectangles and scallop rectangles) to cut and mat my image.
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Tip Top Tuesday - Flower Frenzy
Two Sisters Challenge - How Does Your Garden Grow?
Creative Card Crew - May Flowers

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Lace and Ruffles

I'm having trouble photographing my photo images.  Wish I knew how to get the image without those funny lines on!  Anyway, I have used the beautiful Serena from The Stampsmith for a card for my Mother-in-Law and stamped her in Stampin' Up Soft Suede.   She is matted onto a circle cut with a Nestability Eyelet Circle, and I've used the same die for the circle on the base.  The bg paper is from K&Co Life's Journey pad and I've added some faux stitching and a little sentiment on the top (a freebie stamp from Crafty Individuals). I sewed some lace to a piece of ribbon and then ruffled it by sticking double-sided tape to my card and folding the ribbon on top.   The little doily behind the image is from Poppy's Cabin, the pearls from my stash and the flowers from Wild Orchid.
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge - Christine's sketch
The Stampsmith - Celebrating Mothers
Bearly Mine - Vintage Easel
Creative Craft Challenges - Vintage/Distress
Bunny Zoe - Lace
Design Dollies - Time to Fold it Together
Kaboodle Doodles - Lots of Layers
Shabby Tearooms - Ruffled Up
Crazy for Challenges - Lots of flowers

Reading Relish Notelets


I really enjoy using my Reading Relish stamps from Rogue Readhead Designs.  This is a set of notelets I have made for my sister.  I stamped the images using Stampin' Up Soft Suede onto Kraft coloured card and coloured them with Derwent Studio Pencils.  Then they were mounted onto square cream cards.  This is such a versatile set of stamps and the images stamp beautifully.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Free as a Bird

I plan to have a play with all my Collage type stamps and today this gorgeous Crafty Individuals one gets an outing.  It is CI-205 and available from Crafty Indivuals.  I think these stamps are a bargain as not only are they such a good price, but there are so many things you can do with them and, of course, they are such good quality.  I kept my card simple by stamping directly onto the card base with Archival Jet Black.  Then I coloured the leaves and eggs with Derwent Studio pencils.  Sorry the photo is a bit distorted - I blame the photographer, lol.
I'd like to enter my card in the Crafty Individual challenge which is 'Free as a Bird'.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight - Inchies

It's Cazro's turn to choose the spotlight over at Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight this week and she has chosen Inchies.  What are inchies?  Well they are either a piece of paper or card (or materials) which is cut or punched to measure 1" square.  There are many ways to decorate your inchie and there are even special Inchie Stamps available.  Check out Cazro's blog for some brilliant ideas, and don't forget to also check out the DT's inchies on the Spotlight blog.  Vix is offering a really fab prize this week - a stamp grab bag!  Here's my card:


I love inchies, although I haven't played with them for ages. As I'm useless at cutting out small squares I bought myself a Woodware 1" punch especially for them.  When Cazro announced that her theme this week was Inchies I couldn't resist.  I decided to make a little rural scene using my Hobby Art Countryside Scene-It stamps (ooooh I'm really loving these!).  I stamped out my scene using 5 different stamps.  The only masking I did was for the sheep.  Then I watercoloured my scene using Whispers Pens (I must have had these pens for about 4 years and they are still going strong!) and when it was dry I punched out 4 Inchies and matted them onto dark green card.  The sentiment was from Hero Arts Anytime Messages and is again matted onto dark green card.  The final touch was a strip of ric-rac ribbon.  Et voila!
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Unscripted Sketches - Great sketch
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Stamp a lot (I used 5 stamps plus sentiment)
Annabelle Stamps - Say it with Squares
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge - Give us a Quote/Sentiment
ABC Challenge - T is for . . . two or more stamps

Saturday, 7 May 2011

All Bright and Cheerful

Well, I'm back from a lovely week in Wales visiting my DD who is at Uni there.  What a great place Wales is - such beautiful scenery!  Anyway, on to a card I made just before I went that I can now blog.  This one uses lots of Stampin' Up products (I know - I'm a really late-comer to SU!!!).  The bright bg papers are from Greenhouse Gala and the words behind the image come from an SU stamp (Friendly) and stamped in S Old Olive.  The image is from the Ornate Flowers set (SU of course, lol) stamped in SU Pumpkin with the sentiment (Hobby Art General Greetings) added in Old Olive.  The punch I used is by Martha Stewart (Scallop Dot).  A bright and cheerful card for a really rainy day (well here anyway)
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
By the Cute and Girly - Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Open challenge
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Divas By Design - Anything Goes (first ever challenge)
Raise the Bar - Flower Power (+ 3DPs)
Floweret Monthly Challenge - Spring/A Green Feeling
If The Shoe Fits - May Goes Green

Monday, 2 May 2011

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 45 - Steampunk/Machines

Over at Crafty Cardmakers this week our theme is Steampunk or Machines.  Well, what is steampunk, I hear you say???  Hmmmm, it's open to interpretation in so many ways but basically it's Victorian Romantic with a mechanical element and a bit of fantasy thrown in.  My teamies have come up with some amazing creations so go check them out!  We are sponsored this week by the fab One Stop Card Crafts who are offering a £10 voucher to one lucky person.

I've had great fun with the theme this week and made two items.  First I decorated a cheese box (new one I hasten to add).  I sprayed it with Cosmic Shimmer Mist (Meadow Lust).  Then I added stamped images on tissue paper (PaperArtsy Clocks 5 and Hot off the Press Edges & Borders butterlies) - you have to look hard to see them  cos I got carried away with my decoration!  Then I sponged on som Tesco Bronze Metallic paint, more glimmer mist and some Dazzling Metallics Olde Worlde Patina.  On top of the box I cut out some cogs using Tim Holtz Alterations Die Gadet Gears, ran them through TH embossing folders (woodgrain, bricks and damask) then added Pumpkin StazOn and Black acrylic paint, wiping over with a cloth to remove some of the colour.  Finally I added the lovely fake leather rose from Primark.
The necklace was made using chain, steampunk charms and some lovely green beads, then the chain was hung from some green organza ribbon and I added the rose toggle fastener at the side so it shows (cos it's soooo lovely!)

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Deep in Thought

I decided to play with my fabulous Reading Relish stamps (Rogue Redhead Designs) and staped this thoughtful little girl with Stampin' Up Cajun Craze onto Kraft cardstock.  I cut her out with a Circle Nestability and then sponged some more ink round the edges.  The cream base card has a layer of lovely blue card which I've edged with a stamp by Hot of the Press from their Edges and Border set (also in Cajun Craze). The bg paper by Laura Ashley (Traditional) and I've added some rust ribbon on top with a lovely bow tied with my bow maker.  I found a lovely little vintage blue button that I tied some ribbon through just to finish it all off.
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Card Patterns - Sketch
The House that Stamps Built - DCC Colour challenge (Kraft, Robin's Egg Blue, Rust and a neutral of your choice)

ATC Challenges - Anything Goes

It is our very first challenge over at ATC Challenges. ATC stands for Artists Trading Card and were originally given by artists as a sample of their work.  The rules for ATCs are simple.  They MUST measure 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches and should only be swapped NEVER sold.   The theme for this challenge is Anything Goes.  We shall be running the challenge for 3 weeks this time but in future the challenges will run for 2 weeks.  There will be a prize for one lucky person of a fabulous Die Cuts With A View paper stack.  Go check out my teamies ATCs, they are just gorgeous, but for now here is mine.
I made my background using a favourite technique - brayering.  I started by brayering Stampin' Up Sahara Sand around the edges, then added Bashful Blue and Marina Mist.  Then I added some hills by making a torn paper mask and sponging Perfect Plum along the edges.  I stamped my images (all from Lavinia Stamps) in Basic Black and added some Sakura Stardust pen for a bit of bling.
I'd like to enter my ATC in the following challenges:
Stamp Something - Things with Wings
Sir Stampalot - Magical Worlds

Dream Valley Challenge 6 - Flowers

Over at Dream Valley this fortnight the theme is flowers.  How easy is that!  It can by any sort of project so long as it's got flowers on it.  Our fab sponsor this time is One Stop Card Crafts who are offering one lucky winner a £10 voucher for their store.
I went with a card for this week and here it is.

I started with a Trellis card blank from PaperMania.  I put some fab printed vellum behind the window (sorry no maker on the packet!).  Then I made some cute little daisies.  For each flower I punched out 2 flowers with my Woodware Daisy punch and edged the petals with Stampin' Up Pretty In Pink (honest it edged!) then added a punched circle of Doodlebug Crushed Velvet in Bumblebee (I used an ordinary filing punch).  Then I got out my new 2-step bird punch from SU and added the leaves and the pretty bird, and finally a ribbon.
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
The Crafty Calendar Challenges - April Showers Bring Forth May Flowers
Fairy Fun Fridays - April Showers Bring Forth May Flowers
Fussy and Fancy - Springtime
Charisma Cardz Challenges - April showers/May flowers
Craft Us Crazy - Mom and/or flowers